Throughout life, we prepare for the things that really matter... Having a baby is no exception!
Because this journey profoundly affects everyone involved, it deserves careful and thoughtful preparation. After all, this is a day you will remember for the rest of your life, and it’s important to do what you can to make your experience a positive one.
Whether you’re planning the birth of your first baby or you’ve been through this experience before, you’ll want the latest information at your finger tips. Doulas of Long Beach offers a variety of classes that will give you the tools needed for an informed, happy, empowering, life-changing birth & parenting experience.
We recommend that you register for group or private classes early, as spaces fill up quickly!
All classes are offered privately in the comfort of your own home for you and a partner. Semi-private classes are also available. Group classes and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Follow along on Instagram to stay updated on all of our group classes, workshops and events!
Listed prices are for private classes.
Doulas of Long Beach offers a comprehensive and unbiased approach to childbirth education, focusing on the unique needs of the class participants, along with evidence based information. Our goal is to assist parents in preparing for their birth with confidence, by providing them with the tools needed to make informed decisions every step of the way.
Families will learn about pregnancy health and nutrition, physiology of labor, relaxation and pain management techniques, birth choices, standard procedures and how to confidently navigate through all of their options. Each session will include hands-on activities that will create a deeper bond with a mother's partner and prepare them for the incredible experience of childbirth. Our classes include judgment-free discussion of all birthing options and scenarios including natural birth plans, pain medications and cesareans.
Offered in sessions of 5 hours or 8 hours with the parent & partner only. Virtual options also available for those not in Southern California! $395-$550
Baby Care Basics
This 3 hour class provides interactive education on how to care for your newborn. You will learn about swaddling, bathing, & diapering, bottle feeding and bonding. We will discuss reading your baby’s cues and using the 5 S’s as a comfort and calming technique. We will also cover normal newborn appearance and health, and safety tips.
$165 includes parent + partner. You can add two additional participants for an additional $100 - this is a great class for grandparents too!
Prepare for your birth by exploring breathing techniques, visualizations, affirmations, yoga ball positions, vocalization, rebozo support, labor positions, massage, music and more! You will have hands on practice with each method to see what resonates most with you and have a bag of tools to draw from during your birthing time. Partners or support person are encouraged to participate! This class is equally beneficial for those planning a natural or medicated labor and birth.
$165 includes parent + partner.
Are you ready to learn all you ever wanted to know about getting breastfeeding off to a great start? In our 3 hour private breastfeeding class you will learn everything you need to know about breastfeeding your sweet newborn. Your instructor will walk you through the “golden hour” after birth, share information on achieving proper latch and positioning, feeding frequency and duration, etc. You’ll also learn about common concerns, how to tackle breastfeeding hurdles, establishing a supply, pumping/storing milk and how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk. Informative videos and demonstration dolls will be used. Time will be given to go over your questions as well!
$165 for parent + partner.
Learn the basics about wearing your baby! We’ll discuss the benefits of babywearing, the types of carriers available and proper positioning and safety. Your instructor will demonstrate the basic newborn carry in a ring sling, soft structured buckle carrier & a stretchy wrap. Popular carriers and styles will available for you to see in person to check out the different styles available. This in-home workshop is 2 hours and allows ample time to try on various carriers provided by your instructor.
You have the option to take this prenatally to learn about the benefits of babywearing and try carriers before buying or you can book this after your birth so you can receive hands-on guidance and learn with your baby in arms.
$105 includes parent + partner.
ADDITIONAL CLASSES AND CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE INCLUDING:
Birth Planning Consultation
VBAC Preparation Class
Baby Sleep Consultation
NOT IN LONG BEACH?
Class fees include a 20 mile travel radius. Outside of 20 miles a travel fee will apply.
Virtual classes are also available! Taught via Zoom and tailored to your schedule, your instructor will meet you virtually and walk you through the same great class you would get if you lived locally! We have 3 hour, 5 hour, and 8 hour class options just for you.